Club Health & Wellbeing Strategy



As Ireland’s largest sporting and community organisation, the GAA has always held a pivotal role in promoting health and wellbeing among members and players. In this context the launch, within Kilmacud Crokes, of the GAA Mental Health Charter (March 2015) is “aimed at promoting mental health for all our members and the wider community in which we are situated. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. philosophy stipulates that everyone will be treated with respect and they will participate, enjoy and contribute to our Club without prejudice, discrimination or any other negative consequences for them or others

‘Crokes Talks’ brings the GAA Mental Health Charter to life in Kilmacud Crokes, both within the club and across the wider community. It is a club wide initiative that aims to work collaboratively across club and community to support wellbeing by focusing on our physical and mental health. Wellbeing is associated with one’s ability to live in a productive and self-fulfilling manner and to have the resilience to cope effectively when faced with the challenges and stressors that are part of everyday life - in many ways like the core values of the GAA itself. In Kilmacud Crokes, the promotion of mental, as well as, physical wellbeing is at the heart of where we want to take our club over the next 3-5 years and beyond and we see it as an intrinsic part of the future success of the club. Crokes Talks aims to span across all sectors of the club from the youngest nursery members, through to the youth and adult sections of the club as well as past members who continue to support the essence of Kilmacud Crokes throughout the community.  Having surveyed our membership we will build on what they have said they value and focus on support, awareness, openness, learning and support.


What our members told us:

As a first step in Crokes Talks, a club wide survey was carried out online in June 2015 to find out more from our members about life in Kilmacud Crokes. There were over 470 responses (approximately 30% of the total adult membership) to the survey and they represented all sections of the club and all mixes of members (coaches, players, parents and club contributors).


Results of the survey highlighted the members’ view that the lifeblood of the club is inherently human, with a sense of camaraderie identified as being the most important attraction of being part of Kilmacud Crokes. Members clearly put friendship and personal support at the heart of the club - when it was selected as the most enjoyable aspect of being involved in Kilmacud Crokes.

Kilmacud Crokes has been a second home to our four children

A good sense of belonging and togetherness

“Lots of people helping each other and kids asking for nothing in return”


Members value the human element of the club - the opportunity to build friendships, access a support system and learn from and be mentored by other club members

You know we look after each other where we can

Reliable community always eager to help during tough periods of ones life

“Make friends with other coaches/parents…deepens my connection with community”


Members recognise the opportunity to establish life skills and lessons as an intrinsic part of being a member 

Enjoy my children taking part and learning new skills and a positive ethos

Personally rewarding to help kids develop their skills, characters and personalities

“Culture of club…fosters mutual respect…striving for excellence but not measuring the child by results only”


Members appreciate the escape and relaxation that is enabled by being part of the club 

It's a chance to let off steam

Playing makes my soul lift out of my body

Facilitates release of pent up energy created by stress of work and life in general


The findings of this survey have informed the overall strategy of Crokes Talks, which is outlined as follows.



Crokes Talks Objectives



  • Support Social Interaction across the entire club building on the “Crokes Recalls” initiative.
  • Encourage physical activity for all of our members building on “Couch to 5k” initiative.
  • Promote learning, positivity, awareness and support through continued engagement with specialised facilitators. The holding of relevant workshops and similar activities designed to 


OUR Mission

Crokes Talks Mission



Crokes Talks - aims

Related documents

Download the Community Development in the GAA HERE community_development.pdf

Download Survey highlights HERE poster2_crokes.pdf

Crokes Talks - News & Reports

An Evening With Jim Gavin in Support of Laura Lynn
Thursday 15th March, 2018

Thanks to all who attended the special evening with Jim Gavin in the Talbot Hotel on Friday April 6th. The event was hosted by our own Oisin Langan and special guests included Cian O’Sullivan and Paul Mannion.

Bray > Greystons Hillwalk
Monday 12th March, 2018


Kick Start 2018 End of Program 5km Fun Run/Walk Sunday March 11th
Monday 12th March, 2018
Well done to all those who took part in the Kick Start Crokes End of Program fun run / walk on Sunday.  Many thanks to Niall Muldoon, Kevin Mulligan, Dermot Maher and Michael Finn for their efforts in organising the run.   Congrats to all who took part in the Kick Start activity over the last 3
KickStart Crokes End Of program Family/Community 5km Fun Run / Walk Sunday March 11th at 10:30am in Club
Monday 5th March, 2018

Come along and join in the Fun.  Kick Start Crokes end of program 2018 Family / Community 5km fun run/walk will take place on Sunday March 11th in the club.

Kilmacud Crokes Sports for All
Friday 2nd March, 2018

Your never to young to help out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a bright day in Glendalough
Wednesday 21st February, 2018
Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a bright day in Glendalough
Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a sweet (sorry) walk up Great Sugarloaf
Wednesday 14th February, 2018

After three very wet and snowy walks the weather gods finally shone on the kickstart hillwalkers as they enjoyed a dry and mild day on Saturday as they climbed the Sugarloaf.

Sport 4 All Inclusion Activity - Sessions continue on Sundays at 2pm in Paddock - All Are Welcome
Friday 9th February, 2018

The Club’s Community Activity is now well and truly ‘up and running’ in The Paddock on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m.  Phase 1 of the Community Activity runs through to Sunday 11th March 2018.  The experience so far has allowed us test what works best to allow everyone take part and we have h

Hillwalking KickStart Crokes Style !!!!!
Tuesday 6th February, 2018

After very wet expeditions up Maulin and Mullacor for their first two hikes the Kickstart Hillwalking group took on Djouce Mountain from Luggala side for their 3rd outing hoping for better weather.

Sport 4 All Inclusion Activity, 1st Training Session Sunday 28th Jan 2018 in The Paddock
Wednesday 31st January, 2018

After completing a pilot Disability Inclusion Training course in Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Arena on Tuesday January 23rd last supported by Cara and the GAA, Crokes wasted no time in putting on its 1st Sports 4 all session in the club. It was well attended and enjoyed by all.